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Loving, living & leaving: Why we call Grand Rapids home, why we don't & what that means for our city

What makes a city a home? And, specifically, what makes Grand Rapids a place where people want to lay down roots? Or, on the other hand, want to leave? Current and former Grand Rapidians, from CEOs and entrepreneurs to musicians and retirees, weigh in on what our city does well to make people stay — and what it could do better.

ftChris Sain

Making it in Grand Rapids: Social enterprise fights for a place in the entrepreneurial ecosystem

How do you succeed as an entrepreneur if your number one focus isn't your bottom line? Where do you find help to start a business that wants to use its profits to decrease homelessness or keep kids in school?  While the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Grand Rapids continues to thrive, social entrepreneurs are still struggling to find their place, and the resources that will help them thrive, within that same ecosystem. 

Latesha Lipscomb

UIX: With passion and perseverance, Latesha Lipscomb makes Grand Rapids a better home for many

Latesha Lipscomb isn't just making Grand Rapids a happier home for many in the city, she's showing the world how things get done. Along with working as a housing advocate for the Inner City Christian Federation, Lipscomb empowers women through her work at POSH Innovative Event Management, runs a successful makeup business, and leads others on the Seeds of Promise Entrepreneurial Impact Team.

Shannon Cohen

Championing women's voices & inclusion: Survey aims to empower leaders of color in West Michigan

Why is it that some professional doors are rarely, or never, open to women of color who aspire to be leaders in West Michigan? Two fellows from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Shannon Cohen and Pat Sosa VerDuin, aim to break down these barriers and dismantle racism with data from a new survey of women of color in Kent and Ottawa Counties.

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What it takes to succeed as an online teacher

With new technology changing the way teachers reach their students, how can schools continue to ensure a high quality of instructors? In this ever-changing world, students are learning differently and schools are adapting best practices to keep up. Michigan Virtual University shares how it identifies instructors ready to take on the challenge of teaching online courses.

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